This box explores the psychological, technological and environmental impact of mobile phones. Covering five main session themes (see below), the aim of this box is give students an insight into the different aspects of design under the broader theme of mobile phones.
Skin: Exploring materials used in phone casing, their durability and how well they age over time.
Skeleton: Delving deeper into circuitry behind mobile phones using breadboard circuits.
Attachment: Exploring the psychology behind attachment, looking at why we become attached to objects like mobile phones.
Global impact: Looking at the global supply chain for materials used to construct mobile phones, and the subsequent environmental impact transporting these materials has on the Earth.
Social Impact: Delving deeper into the positive and negative consequences mobile phone production has on communities that are involved in extracting materials, and making circuit boards.
GCSE Science: Physics & Electronics (Breadboard circuits)
Extracurricular: (Also suitable for lunchtime and or afterschool clubs)
Worksheets (both hard and electronic copies)
X15 circuit kits (for Skeleton session)
A standard classroom is suitable for this activity.
Subject in a box:
Terms and Conditions
This document sets out the terms and conditions for schools utilising Loughborough University’s Subject in a box programme. The following terms and conditions apply to all of the boxes within the Subject in a Box programme.
Allocated time per box:
In order to ensure we can reach as many schools as possible, schools may have a subject in a box activity on their premises for a maximum of two weeks at a time. By agreeing to these terms and conditions, schools agree to adhere to these timescales.
Boxes should be returned by the date agreed with the WP team. Unless alternative collection arrangements are made with the boxes are to be returned using the labels provided, if for some reason the labels are missing – the box should be posed to the following address:
School and College Liaison Team
Student Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions
Damaged or missing items:
Each box includes an equipment list required to successfully run the activity, if the box is found to be missing equipment, or if any of the equipment is found to be damaged, the WP team reserves the right to ask schools to cover the cost of replacements.
Please note, that Items marked with an asterisk (*) are classed as consumables and do not need to be replenished by schools.
Use of items:
All equipment provided through Subject in a box has passed Loughborough University’s required safety checks, and where required, safety equipment has been provided. Therefore, Loughborough University is not responsible for any injuries that may occur whilst using the equipment within subject in a box activity.